Columbia Professor Dishonestly Smears Israel
Mon Dec 24 2018
Every so often an opinion piece in New York Review of Books catches our attention. When Israel is mentioned, it’s rarely positive. A recent op-ed by Professor Katherine Franke is no exception. Ominously-titled “The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics”, Franke paints a picture of Israeli censorship curtailing freedom of speech in American academia.
From the very beginning, the piece is rife with exaggeration and riddled with inaccuracy. Early on, Franke makes a particularly egregious claim – that “the US Department of Education recently adopted a new definition of anti-Semitism, one that equates any criticism of Israel with a hatred of Jews.” This, quite simply, is untrue....